Rockford Flood Update

ROCKFORD, Ill. (AP) -- Officials say this week's storms caused about $150 thousand in damages at two dozen Rockford schools.

But Facilities Director Todd Schmidt says the damage won't delay the start of the academic year.

Workers are using fans, pumps and moisture extractors to dry out classrooms, libraries and mechanical rooms. Damage includes leaks in roofs, windows and doors, and soaked carpeting and hallways.

Schmidt says Auburn High School sustained the worst damage. About a dozen maintenance workers are cleaning up there.

Officials suspect that water from Tuesday's storm flooded a practice field next to the school, spilled down a loading dock and seeped into the basement. It filled a weight room, hallway and classroom with more than three feet of water.


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